As far as themes go, this one is a little less concrete. Inspired by “Everyone Sleeps, but Not Fred” I thought about other books with an “everyone” feel.
Say Hello by Rachel Isadora
I’ve used this book in storytime before and always have a great response. We have families that speak other languages at home and the children love introducing me to even more words, as well as learning other ways to say “Hello!” Everyone says hello, but they don’t all say it the same way.
The Bus is For Us! by Michael Rosen
I like trying out new books and I’ve heard this one mentioned here and there. It fit with my theme, the bus is for ALL of us. As the vehicles got more imaginative, it was a great book for open ended questions and my literacy tip:
Asking children open ended questions about the story as you read allows children to develop their own ideas and discover the words to express them.
A short read, which left time for a 4 book storytime.
Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas
If I’m ever going to do back-to-back books in my storytime, it’s because of books like Is Everyone Ready for Fun? We were up on our feet jumping and dancing along, so it works more like an action rhyme than a story. Always a hit. Thank you, Jan Thomas!
Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred!) by Josh Schneider
Lyrical, silly rhymes about a creative selection of creatures sleeping and dreaming, all end with the refrain But Not Fred! I thought this would be perfect for my PJ crew, but they just didn’t seem too into it. I did have a smaller, quieter group, so I’m willing to give the book another chance, but this round I skipped ahead to the end.
And just to make sure none of my kids went to bed that night, we finished with the parachute!
Hello and How Are You? from Wiggleworms Love You by The Old Town School of Folk Music
I’m too intimidated by my poor French to attempt this one without the CD, but it’s great for adding a bilingual element to your storytime. My only complaint is that the English and Spanish are a direct translation, but something else is being sung in French.
We sang the Elevator Song again but this time with the parachute. I always try to start with a song that will keep the kids from immediately scampering underneath the chute so we can practice a little executive control. Then I invite the kids to run underneath while the grown-ups sang Come Under My Umbrella. We ended with a big balloon that got everyone underneath and sang our good-bye song.